Northern Pike (Esox lucius)

The pike can be found in all of our waters, except possibly the very cold mountain streams, where it cannot sustain itself.
The pike can grow up to 1.5 meters and weight up to 25 kilograms. Its grey-green body is covered in light coloured spots. It allways seeks a hiding place, from where it leaps upon its prey and grabs it.
It mostly hides in dense vegetation, benath rocks or in the unevenness of the bottom.
The only times it leaves its hiding place is when the water gets cold and its prey retreats to deeper areas.

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The pike then follows the commands of his empty stomach and goes out to seek sustenance. This makes it easy to catch him in the winter. The pike’s spawning season is february-march. This fish has large eyes with excellent vision, which makes him a daylight predator. It is democratic in selecting its food, if its edible it gets eaten. The surprise attack almost never fails and once its backwards bending teeth have grabbed something, there is no escape.
Small fish get grabbed by their tail, turned around inside the mouth and swallowed head first. Its stomach acid is so strong it can even dissolve swallowed steel hooks. Fishing pike in winter is best during the daylight hours, from around 10 am to 2 pm, while in summer they mostly bite in the morning and late afternoon hours.

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